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State provides nearly $1.6M for conservation easements on Cayuga County farms

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announced Thursday that nearly $1.6 million will go toward protecting almost 700 acres of at-risk farmland in Cayuga County.

The state’s Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program provides funds to local governments, Soil and Water Conservation Districts and land trusts to offset the costs of conservation easements used to protect viable agricultural land from being converted to non agricultural use, according to a release from the department of agriculture.

“New York Farm Bureau appreciates the State’s continued support of the farmland protection grant program, which is an important tool for New York farmers. The program is essential to keeping viable farmland in agricultural production and also encourages farm investment. Preserving farmland for the next generation of farmers will help ensure agriculture has a bright future in New York State,” said New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher in the release.

Through the program, state will award a combined $1,597,067 to the New York Agricultural Land Trust to work with Brutus Hill Farm in the town of Brutus and Koon Farm in the town of Fleming, according to a press release from the Cayuga County Administrator’s office.

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